EDUKWEST Sunday Review

Sunday Review for the Week of April 21st 2014

In this week’s Sunday Review we learn that teachers are also victims of cyberbullying, that the library of the future has no books, that technology turns teachers into super-teachers of the future, that schools might end on the slow lane under the proposed FCC regulation, that mobile phones boost literacy in developing countries and much more.

Must Reads

When you think of cyberbullying, you probably think of kids teasing and harassing other kids, not throwing insults at adults online. But a new survey of the largest teachers union in the UK is the latest in a series of reports that show that cyberbullying has a major impact on teachers, not just students. [Motherboard]

As the billion-dollar education technology industry holds what has become its primary gathering here this week, the onus is on vendors to show they can produce not only profits, but also improved outcomes. [Inside Higher Ed]

A library without books was once unthinkable. Now it seems almost inevitable. [Slate]

Why, all of a sudden, are VCs falling all over themselves to invest in education technology? [Education Week]

Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding [Pacific Standard]

Codecademy announced a redesign along with new lessons and portfolio features designed to show off what users have built on the platform. [Pando]

Questions arose today about whether schools will have to stand in line for acceptable speeds of Internet access under proposed new rules floated by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. [Education Week]


5 Things Edtech Startups Can Learn From Classroom Teachers [Forbes]

How Technology Is Creating Super-Teachers of the Future [Huffington Post]

K-12 today announced partnerships with 30 schools districts — including three of the top 10 largest districts in the country — that will allow teachers to use the organization’s free computer science courses in elementary, middle and high school classrooms starting this fall. [GeekWire]

Higher Education

The Swedish government has done an about-turn on quality assurance in higher education, announcing that the current model is to be reviewed. [University World News]

Hundreds of millions of dollars being pumped into Asian universities are one reason Australasian institutions have dropped in international rankings, a new analysis says. [University World News]

Education Equity Inc. is an ingenious, Chicago-based start-up that hopes to change the way many students pay for their schooling. For each $5,000 of financing that students obtain, they agree to repay a total of 0.7% of their future earnings over the next 10 years. [Forbes]

A professor at the University of Michigan has launched an introductory programming course that provides all of the learning materials to participants who may want to turn around and teach the subject themselves. [Campus Technology]

Public Funding for Higher Ed Inches Up at Last. Don’t Expect Cheaper Tuition [Businessweek]

Surveys, Research & Reports

A new Gallup poll shows that paying for tuition or college loans is the top financial worry for young adults in the U.S. [Education Dive]

Higher education is in the midst of a kind of Renaissance. A flurry of activity and experimentation around adaptive learning is taking place on college and university campuses, thanks to a high-profile, targeted grant program from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. [Campus Technology]

A new report by UNESCO says that mobile devices can boost literacy rates in developing countries, potentially reaching almost all of the world’s population. Furthermore, an expensive tablet or smartphone is not necessary. In fact, many e-book readers use featurephones. [TechCrunch]

In Age Of Custom-Tailored Ed Tech, Teachers Shop Off The Rack [npr]

Open source in education: where does the change need to happen? [OSS Watch]

College students aren’t embracing tablets as many experts expected when the devices were introduced a few years ago, but many say they plan to buy a tablet after graduation to watch movies, play games or access social media, according to a new report from Ball State University. [JSOnline]

Other News

Political interference is root cause of destruction of educational system in Sindh and without ending the culture of political appointments in violation of merit and checking unbridled corruption, the downfall of education in the province cannot be stopped, say educationists. [Daily Times]

Making a game that is both fun and educational is one of the biggest challenges for developers in the educational tech space, according to co.lab executive director Esteban Sosnik. [Polygon]

Over the coming weeks, the Mindshift blog that tracks technology and education over at KQED will be launching a guide to games and learning from Jordan Shapiro, author of FREEPLAY: A Video Game Guide To Maximum Euphoric Bliss. [Games+Learning]

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